Rejuvenated dream-pop legends Underground Lovers return to rain melodic heaven on us once again!
What do Michael and Nic talk about when Michael hasn't seen the film that everyone's talking about?
Kiwi film Pork Pie of course.
There's a new Kiwi comedy opening in cinemas this week.
Pork Pie follows the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of New Zealand in a yellow mini, protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a frenzied media in hot pursuit.
If the that synopsis seems a little familiar you'd be right – Pork Pie is a re-boot of the 1980 New Zealand classic Goodbye Pork Pie.
There's still a Murphy in the director's chair – son Matt, rather than father Garry – but the cast is all new...
Pork Pie stars Dean O'Gorman – who you might remember from The Hobbit or McLeod's Daughters – James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings.
Dean O'Gorman is speaking here with 2SER's Michael Jones.
You might call it The Softer Side of Mac DeMarco – it's actually called This Old Dog, we're calling it the 2SER Feature Album and we'll get out of the garage along wth the man and croon along all week!
2ser Critic Kevin joined The Daily to discuss whether the audience will be Hooked On Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and the Howard Hughes biopic Rules Don't Apply.
Produced by Kevin Suarez
Mac De Marco – This Old Dog
Underground Lovers – Staring At You Staring At Me
Yumi Zouma – (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
Woods – Love Is Love
BNQT – Volume 1
Mew – Visuals
Spoek Mathambo – Mzanzi Beat Code
Screamfeeder – Pop Guilt
Tim Rogers – An Actor Repairs
Jazzanova – The Remixes 2000 - 2016
The reformed and rejuvenated Underground Lovers now return with album number nine, Staring At You Staring At Me, once again occupying a rare space in the now seriously crowded realm of dream pop. There's something about the measure of their songs – equal parts punch and atmosphere – that's impeccably precise in the way they hang perfectly, and leave you hanging each time. What I think makes Staring At You Staring At Me particularly pleasing is the presence of Philippa Nihill's swirling keyboards and voice, her songs adding a great dimension overall to proceedings and sorely missed during her absence from the band. The newcomers trying this stuff on these days could really take a trick or two from their book – getting the band back together doesn't always get back to the glory days but here's one example where it totally works.
BNQT is a very obscure sounding moniker but it ain't no acronym: it's pronounced 'Banquet'. Clarifications aside, their debut Volume 1 is indeed a sumptuous feast of pop vision, and that's because it's the work of one hell of an indie supergroup. Get a load of this for a line-up: Eric Pulido from Midlake, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, Jason Lytle from Grandaddy and perhaps inexplicably, Fran Healy from Travis. The lush results from these guys comes in the form of old school symphonic soft-rock and pop in the expansive, epic 70s style and it's marvelously done with no one overplaying their hand. After a few listens, you'll be happy to realise that when you name something 'Volume 1' that it usually means there will be a 'Volume 2.'
Spoek Mathambo has become a key player in South Africa's new music scene, the singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist opening up his albums to upcoming artists for collaboration in showcasing their talents. His latest, Mzanzi Beat Code, is typically freewheeling stuff, busting out robust and modern dance music with the elastic freneticism of African rhythms coupled with unique updates on dub, house, rap and much more. Pretty wild, pretty cool.
Also, new tunes this week from Jonti, DJ Shadow with Nas, Waxahatchee, Jack Ladder, Sampa The Great and The Mountain Goats.
Enjoy it all on 2SER,
Whether you prefer your films intense and heartbreaking, or intesely violent, Michael and Nic discuss a couple of contrasting viewing options - The Innocents and Free Fire.
Yes, 2SER has a new film show called Film Fight Club.
You can catch it on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm.
Check out the first program below.
Julie Byrne's music floats on delicate folk guitar and beautiful atmospheres to create a world of song brimming with life.